Irfan Madani

Dr Irfan Madani BEng, MSc, PhD, MRAeS, MAIAA, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering


Irfan joined Sheffield Hallam University in January 2019 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering. Irfan received his MSc in Flight Dynamics from Cranfield College of Aeronautics and a PhD in Flight Navigation and Guidance Systems from the University of Sheffield.

Irfan's areas of expertise are avionic system design/aircraft design, flight navigation and guidance and CNS/ATM.


Irfan has more than four years’ experience in the aircraft industry working in aircraft flight testing for flight control, hydraulic and landing gear systems before he became an academic, involved in teaching aircraft systems, satellite-based navigation and inertial systems for some years and research in radar system, aircraft guidance, navigation and control, and flight trajectory optimisation.

In his previous positions, Irfan was a Technical Specialist for Cranfield University task-team, working on the EU Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative and as the Technical Manager of Cranfield's Tasks for Management of Trajectory and Mission WPs in the programme. From 2016 to 2018, he was also involved as a Senior Technical Researcher in EU's SESAR Exploratory Research Projects: AGENT and PARTAKE. He was also the Course Director of Aircraft Engineering MSc programme at Cranfield from 2014 to 2018.

During his time at Cranfield, Irfan had supervised many MSc projects in avionic systems as well as several PhD students in the area of airframe systems and avionics.

Irfan is a member of Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and Fellow of HEA (FHEA).



Aerospace Engineering 

Aircraft Systems and Avionics, Aircraft Design, Aircraft Flight Mechanics and Simulation 


Journal articles

Seresinhe, R., Lawson, C., & Madani, I. (2019). Improving the operating efficiency of the more electric aircraft concept through optimised flight procedures. CEAS aeronautical journal, 10 (2), 463-478.

Gatsinzi, D., Nieto, F.J.S., & Madani, I. (2019). Development of a new method for ATFCM based on trajectory-based operations. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: journal of aerospace engineering, 233 (1), 261-284.

Gatsinzi, D., Saez Nieto, F.J., & Madani, I. (2018). ECAC Use Case of Optimised Pre-tactical Time of Arrival Adjustments to Reduce Probability of Separation Infringements. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 51 (9), 186-192.

Gibbs, G., Jia, H., & Madani, I. (2018). Obstacle Detection with Ultrasonic Sensors and Signal Analysis Metrics. Transportation Research Procedia, 28, 173-182.

Conference papers

Zammit-Mangion, D., & Madani, I. (2018). A Study of a Trajectory Optimization of a Short Haul Flight. 2018 Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference.

Gatsinzi, D., Nieto, F.J.S., & Madani, I. (2018). ECAC Use Case of Optimised Pre-tactical Time of Arrival Adjustments to Reduce Probability of Separation Infringements. IFAC Papers OnLine, 51 (9), 186-192.

Katta, B.R., & Madani, I. (2017). Traffic avoidance and separation system. 2017 International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications and Informatics (ICACCI).

Madani, I., Gatsinzi, D., & Saez-Nieto, F.J. (2016). Hot Spot Identification and Mitigation at Strategic Level by Subliminal Changes in Aircraft Time of Arrival at Junction. In 6th SESAR Innovation Days, 8 November 2016 - 10 November 2016. SESAR Joint Undertaking:

Lawson, C., Madani, I., Seresinhe, R., & Nalianda, D.K. (2015). Trajectory Optimization of Airliners to Minimize Environmental Impact. SAE Technical Papers.

Madani, I., Seresinhe, R., Lawson, C., Shinkafi, A., & Quaglia, D. (2014). Airframe systems power off-take modelling in more-electric large aircraft for use in trajectory optimisation. In 29th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia, 7 September 2014 - 12 September 2014. ICAS:

Shinkafi, A., Lawson, C., Seresinhe, R., Quaglia, D., & Madani, I. (2014). An intelligent ice protection system for next generation aircraft trajectory optimisation. 29th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, ICAS 2014.

Gu, W., Navaratne, R., Quaglia, D., Yu, Y., Madani, I., Sethi, V., ... Zammit-Mangion, D. (2013). Towards the Development of a Multi-Disciplinary Flight Trajectory Optimization Tool: GATAC. Volume 1: Aircraft Engine; Ceramics; Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation.

Madani, I., & Allerton, D. (2012). An Optimized Routing Method for Terrain Referenced Navigation. AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit.

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